The V-neck was the popular neckline of the second half of the 1910s.
1915 Fuller Skirt: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing.
” But when these single women, stripped from their dependency on fathers and husbands, began to be courted in public, police, politicians, and civic leaders were alarmed.
“In the eyes of the authorities,” Weigel writes, “women who let men buy them food and drinks or gifts and entrance tickets looked like whores, and making a date seemed the same as turning a trick.” After centuries of women’s fortunes being dictated by the men around them, the notion of women on their own gave much of society pause.
In a column about “working class lives,” he told of a clerk named Artie whose girlfriend was losing interest in him and beginning to see other men socially.
When Artie confronts his fading love, he says, “I s’pose the other boy’s fillin’ all my dates?
A new look in women's fashion developed in 1908 and carried over into the early 1910s.
When women first hit the workforce, writes Weigel, “the belief remained widespread they were working not to support themselves but only to supplement the earnings of fathers or husbands.” As such, “employers used this misconception as an excuse to pay women far less than they paid men. But how much worse would it be if the very act of it landed you in jail?According to “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a sprawling new history by Moira Weigel, the first female daters faced exactly that — mistaken, in their quest for love, for prostitutes.Known as a British import, the tradition of bundling apparently came with the Dutch to New Amsterdam, New York, as well, though they called it “queesting.” By 1800, bundling as a courtship practice was well on its way out.Before long, Victorian culture would prevail, and if one term characterized courtship of the 19th century, it would be “calling.” When permitted, gentlemen would call upon young ladies, and it was this custom of calling that eventually segued into “dating.” The transition was not, however, a subtle one.A number of fashionable accessories supplemented the woman's 1910s wardrobe, including gloves, handbags, furs, and jackets. 1910s Gloves and Handbag: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing, History of 20 Century Fashion, 1992 Wide coats with floppy collars were popular toward the end of the decade. 1910s Coats: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing For the truly fashionable woman, a number of feather boas and furs were popular toward the end of the decade.